The topic introduces students to the politics of the European Union (EU), and wider Western European politics and history. The main focus will cover the institutions, mechanisms and evolution of the EU. Students will be introduced to the project for greater political and economic integration across the continent, and impact of wider EU enlargement. The role of the EU as a key player at the global level will also be explored. The course will also focus on a number of specific countries, and contextualise the relations between key European players, particularly from 1945 onwards. The course enables students to have a greater understanding and familiarity with the diversity and complexity of European politics and culture.
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